News & Notes – September 7, 2017

NOVA News & Notes

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NOVA Board Nomination/Election Notice 2017 (Term 2018-21)

To All Sustaining Members: In accordance with the By-laws, the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates has selected its slate of candidates to appear on the ballot for the election to be held at the annual meeting on October 14, 2017.

The following candidates were selected:

• Chris Attig (incumbent)
• Joe Moore (incumbent)
• Matt Hill (incumbent)

Any Sustaining Member who also wishes to appear on the ballot must submit to the Secretary his or her nomination endorsed by 10 additional sustaining members. The Secretary must receive any such nominations by September 14, 2017. Any such person properly nominated will appear as a candidate on the ballot for election.

Nominations must be directed to the Secretary, Todd M. Wesche, at

Register for the NOVA Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach

The conference includes a one-day Basic Session scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Fall Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. For detailed descriptions of the sessions, please check out our 2017 Fall Conference Brochure.

The NOVA 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL. The NOVA Room Block Rate is $185 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy, and is available two days prior and two days after the conference based upon room availability. Room reservations must be made by September 10, 2017 for this rate to be honored. Please book your room online HERE or call 1-800-808-9833 and make sure to refer to the NOVA 2017 Fall Conference, to obtain the special group rate. The NOVA room block is nearly full. Please make your arrangements ASAP.

Click HERE for more information! We look forward to seeing you in St. Pete Beach!


Sign Up for NOVA Special Luncheon at the Fall Conference on Friday, October 13! 

NOVA will provide nine tables with seats available for attendees, where discussion will be led by experienced NOVA members and presenters on conference topics. Come interact with your colleagues and the presenter, discuss issues, and ask questions regarding the presenter's topic.

*As a result of hotel food and beverage requirements, we will not be able to accept on-site registrations for this luncheon. Registrations must be made in advance. We ask you to indicate one first choice and one second choice for your table. Please remember reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Your table will be confirmed once your registration has been processed.

To register, click HERE.
NOVA M21-1 Subscription Service is Now Available! Sign Up Today!

Did you know that in the last few months…….

  • VA updated its M21-1 guidance to address application of the presumption of aggravation to claims based on ADT and IADT?
  • VA updated its M21-1 guidance on handling Intent to File (ITF) claims?
  • VA updated its M21-1 guidance clarifying examination requests for CAVC remanded appeals?
  • VA updated its M21-1 guidance on evaluating joint conditions under 38 C.F.R. 4.59?

If you were a subscriber to NOVA’s M21-1 update service, you would know! In late 2015, VA launched its “live” M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual.  Every week, VA makes numerous changes to the content of this manual. Some of the changes are administrative in nature; others can impact the case you are working on today.

NOVA offers a paid subscription service to provide details about the substance of the changes being made to the M21-1 and provide a searchable PDF document of these changes.  We are offering a tiered payment system, depending on the size of your practice, with the option of paying on a monthly basis or a yearly basis (at a discounted price). These emails will be sent approximately once a week.  You can click HERE to review the pricing structure and sign up today!